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This is the worst earthquake to hit the area in more than 200 years. Entire communities have been ripped apart and as many as 3 million people have been directly affected, including tens of thousands of American citizens who are in Haiti.
Our neighbors in Haiti are racing to confront the enormous devastation -- and the OFA community can help.
Click here for more information about essential relief efforts and ways you can help today.
Footage is pouring in of homes collapsing, Haitians carrying injured family members, and hospitals being overrun in what was already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.
I have directed my administration to respond with a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives. Personnel from the United States and our partners in the international community are on the ground in damaged areas right now, working side by side with the Haitian people. They're providing much-needed food, water, and sanitation supplies, saving lives and helping local communities start to rebuild.
Despite the fact that we are experiencing tough times here at home, I encourage those who can to reach out and help. It's in times like these that we must show the kind of compassion and humanity that has defined the best of our national character for generations.
Click here to find out what you can do:
As this story continues to unfold, I hope you will continue to keep the people of Haiti in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the many Haitian-Americans who have done so much to enrich our country and who are worried about friends and loved ones in this time of need.
President Barack Obama
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|By LAWI WENG|
|Nearly 60,000 Burmese migrant workers whose work permits expire on Jan. 20 face deportation from Thailand if the government does not extend the deadline.|
|By BA KAUNG|
| Detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi briefly met with junta's Relations Minister, Aung Kyi. |
|By WAI MOE|
| Burma's leading businessman has bought the police headquarters buildings in central Mandalay, where George Orwell was once trained to be a colonial policeman. |
|By AUNG THET WINE|
| The Burmese junta-backed mass organization is planning to build 500 homes in Rangoon's working-class suburbs, making them available for just 10 cents a month. |
|By RAFIQ MAQBOOL|
|Thousands of people in Africa and Asia viewed an eclipse as the moon crossed the sun's path blocking everything but a narrow, blazing rim of light.|
|QUOTE OF THE DAY|
| We want to be sure that Aung San Suu Kyi has the possibility and opportunity to interact with her party colleagues. This is for the NLD to decide how they will approach the elections, whether they will participate or not participate. |
—Marty Natalegawa, Indonesian foreign minister
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| Indian paramilitaries to reinforce Burma border|
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